The central figure symbolizing Art Deco is undoubtedly the hero of Scott Fitzgerald’s novel: The Magnificent Gatsby. In the aftermath of the dark years of the First War, France and the world are waking up claiming lightness and elegance. With his love for sumptuous atmospheres, for excessive luxury and atmospheres that herald the Roaring Twenties, Gatsby is the most representative character.
Over the years, Art Deco has found expression in all media, from graphic design to furniture, including the digital world, especially in the world of video games. Although its heyday is long gone, the movement has left many monuments and works such as the Chrysler building in New York. It is in any case a singular style, not to be missed!
What exactly is the Art Deco style?
Art Deco is a style of decoration that appeared in France in the 1900s. It is a term that emerged during the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris. From 1920, this style, also called the art of decoration, flourished in society. But its fame did not stop there, it developed until the 1950s. Art Deco can be applied both to the interior and to the exterior of dwellings since it also concerns l ‘landscaping. It is a decoration that highlights the colors and patterns. For example, the use of patterned wallpaper, whether floral or geometric is often required.
Question form, the principle in Art Deco is to avoid anything that can lead to rounded angles or curves. Quite the opposite of Art Nouveau, in short. A rule that mainly affects architecture but also applies to interior decoration since Art Deco is characterized by its style with geometric patterns. There must be everywhere! Adorn your walls, both inside and outside!
What does Art Deco furniture consist of?
In the 1900s, aviation had not yet emerged. Liners were a popular form of transportation. It was they who began to be decorated in an Art Deco style. At that time, a liner adorned with luxurious decor inspired progress and opulence. The Art Deco revolution had an impact on furniture, on seats for example, in particular chairs or sofas or on dressers and consoles. Although it was at the time a much criticized art, Art Deco still occupies an important place in society today. Especially in decoration and painting. Many people want to bathe in the luxurious environment conveyed by Art Deco. They adopt this style and some are even looking for original versions of Art Deco furniture.
What are the characteristics of the Art Deco style?
Order, color, geometry are the three words that best define the world of Art Deco. Play with different colors and lines to create an atmosphere that inspires elegance. Contrast the rounding with straightness and geometry.
Art Deco wallpapers
Let it be said: a dark colored wallpaper with golden shapes has a good chance of being an Art Deco wallpaper. As these wallpapers have strong characters, there are now some in lighter colors that will undoubtedly better suit your interior. But you don’t have to live in a private mansion to adopt one. If you do, stick with small touches.
Noble Art Deco materials
The Art Deco style is characterized by noble materials such as wood, marble, alabaster, glass, etc. But you can also use wood such as ebony or mahogany or even metal, especially steel or chrome. When it comes to fabric, velvet is a very popular textile. Choose it dark in blue, green, yellow or plum and combine it with gold, it will be the most beautiful effect. For example, play the card of golden metals such as copper or brass. Reserve them for your table, chair and light fixtures.
Highly designer Art Deco lighting
Keep noble materials even in the lighting of your room. Lamps in bronze, ceramic, brass or blown glass will make your space shine wonderfully. Multiply them, in addition to your main lighting, to bring warmth to your home. Pair a table lamp and a lamp with a tripod. Accessorize your lampshades by adorning them with long necklaces of small pearls. Luxury, opulence, exaggerate the quantity of light sources in order to be able to modulate and sift the general atmosphere of your room. Likewise, to amplify natural light, install mirrors.
Flashy Art Deco colors
Even though the elegant Art Deco style features colors like gold and silver, it often uses neutral colors like gray, white and black very skillfully. Gray, for example, goes well with geometric shapes or with materials such as steel or glass. Blue like gray also has a softening effect. Despite opulence and luxuriance, Art Deco remains a minimalist style in the sense that the less colors the better. Most of the associations are therefore made from black: green and black, white and black. You can, sparingly, add touches of gold.